Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Reader, writer, mother, wife. Lover of small, yappy dogs.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Tidal waves. Don't ask me why.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Paris, France.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Clean your room!
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having more children!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Ice skating. I tried--and failed miserably.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Raising two great kids.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A mermaid; why not?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Pippi Longstocking
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Humbert Humbert in Lolita
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Anna Pavlova, and it wouldn't matter what I said; I'd want to hear what she had to say.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Graphic novels! Call them comics, which is what they are.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Trolling for second hand treasures.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Prima ballerina
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Compassion, intelligence, wit
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Chocolate, but only the good stuff.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Dancing in the Dark, Beast of Burden, I've Just Seen A Face, St. Louis Blues, Natural Woman
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. John Cheever, Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, Colette, WB Yeats, Shakespeare
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Lolita, Anne of Green Gables, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Of Mice and Men, Howard's End
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. When I was child, I re-read my favorites--A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, MAGGIE NOW, THE LITTLE PRINCESS, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES--over and over again.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read as if your life depended on it.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. You're a great story teller.